No matter where you are in the world, the typical hotel set up is always basically the same. Opting for more unique accommodations can help make your trip one to remember. AirBnB has plenty of off-beat places for variety-seeking travellers to settle in for the night. Click “Next” to see the 10 most unique AirBnB rentals.
1. The Castle
Using a historic castle as your home base has to be one of the best ways to take in the English countryside. Choose from 15 grand rooms for your stay, while taking in the amazing architecture, which includes turrets, Tudor paneling, and gothic windows. Located on the edge of Yorkshire dales, and less than an hour from the center of the popular Lake District, this is a great place to explore Northern England.
2. The Haunted Lighthouse
Built in 1840, this Port Washington, New York lighthouse is located in an area known as “Execution Rocks,” where pre-revolutionary British soldiers would tie prisoners to the rocks during low tide, letting them drown slowly as the tide came in. In the 1920’s the lighthouse became a dumping ground for a local serial killer. Coast Guard members who worked at the facility reported everything from strange sounds to ghostly visions. Spend the night if you dare!
3. The Private Island
Totally secluded, this cottage on a private island near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada provides the ultimate Canadian wilderness experience. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, are quite literally at your doorstep, as is plenty of Canada’s wildlife. The one thing you probably won’t see? Other people.
4. The Clock Tower
Centrally located, the small apartment located within the clock tower apartment at St. Pancras Station is perfect for couples looking to have a unique experience in London. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott to look like an Italian Bell tower, you don’t need to worry about being woken up by ringing bells - the clock never rings.
5. The Beer Barrel
Beer lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to sleep in a beer barrel bed - in one of the most famous beer-making locations in the world! Located in Ostbevern, North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany, the highlight of this room is definitely the giant beer barrel. Crawl in for a good night’s sleep.
6. The Historical Capsule Tower
The world’s first example of capsule architecture built for actual use, staying in the Nakagin Capsule Tower in the center of Tokyo is a unique experience for those visiting Japan. Walking distance to Ginza and Tsukiji Fish Market, one of these capsules can fit two people, but you’ll need to be ok with getting cozy.
7. The Tree House
Overlooking San Francisco Bay, this adults-only tree house is the perfect way to be at one with nature without sacrificing the hustle and bustle of the city. Located just 15-minutes from San Francisco and a scenic drive away from the Pacific Ocean, this special retreat is nestled in a 150-year-old oak tree.
8. The Houseboat
The ultimate Amsterdam experience, this beautiful houseboat offers all of the amenities of a modern hotel, with all of the charm that the city has to offer. Centrally located, this houseboat is close to tourist attractions, food markets, and public transportation. Enjoy some unique accommodation while getting a taste of the Dutch lifestyle.
9. The Green Windmill
Santorini is known for its beautiful sunsets and white washed buildings. But taking in the stunning scenery from the comforts of your very own windmill - that’s something that the average tourist certainly won’t experience.
10.The Astronomic Hotel
Chile’s Astronomic Hotel is one of just 7 in the world, making it one of the most unique ways to enjoy the magic skies of the Elqui Valley. With an ample terrace, a detachable roof means you can stargaze from the comfort of your bed. From specialized tours, which including evening horseback riding, and daytime bike rental, you’ll have lots of opportunity to explore the area’s natural beauty.